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The specialization or minor in Public History is an ideal way to combine liberal arts majors with the professional background needed to pursue a rewarding life-long career.
Goals of the Program
- To equip students with the tools they need for a career in the many professional fields that present the past to a general audience.
- To prepare for careers in museums, historical sites, archives, film making, Internet design, or anywhere that preserves and presents history to the public.
- To train students for placements in institutions that need personnel who have grasped the complex issues related to the role of history in the public arena.
Majors and Courses
- Students may come from History or other major fields like Art History, Museum Studies, Communications, English, Political Science, Education, or Film Studies.
- Students choosing a minor in public history are required to take five courses — one at the introductory level, one elective at any level, and HIST 252, HIST 253,and HIST 370.
- Internships may take place in film or television studios, or in some of the Greater Boston Area's museums, archives, historic buildings, and other historical sites.
- Recent internships have been at Plimouth Plantation, the Paul Revere House, the Simmons College Archives, the African Meeting House, and the Mary Baker Eddy Library.
Career Opportunities for Graduates
- Researcher, interpreter, or publicist at an historic house.
- Public relations work for a museum or historic site such as the Old South Meeting House, the Black Heritage Trail, or the Women's Heritage Trail in Boston.
- Developing websites or films about sites such as the sloop Adventure in Gloucester and Lowell Industrial Park.
Faculty in the Program
- Laurie Crumpacker, Specialist in Women's History, consultant, Boston Women's Heritage Trail.
- Donna Curtin, Teaches Historic Preservation and Museum Management.
- Stephen Berry, Specialist in Early American History, teaches Public History, the Atlantic World.
- Laura Prieto, Teaches seminars on WW II, and Collective Memory.
- Stephen Ortega, Teaches courses on Environmental History, Novels & Films, and 9/11 Narratives.
More information at: www.simmons.edu/academics/undergraduate/history